Monday, February 28, 2011

Cape Town issues heat, fire warning

Capetonians should brace themselves for another heat wave coupled with strong south-easterly winds that pose a serious fire risk, warns the city council.

It said the weather services had forecast soaring temperatures for the rest of the week after the mercury was expected to hit 37 degrees Celsius on Monday.

The city's Disaster Risk Management Centre warned the public to keep hydrated, avoid sun exposure and stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day.

"Tourists visiting Cape Town who are not acclimatised to the heat are asked to take extra precautions. They could suffer from swelling of the ankles, inflammation of the skin, sharp pains due to loss of water, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea and fainting," it added.

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